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Even Schools Flush With Cash Can’t Keep Up With Teacher Shortage

  • Florida school district still needs to fill 620 teaching jobs
  • Staffing issues risk slowing recovery, eroding school credit
A teacher assists a student at Logan Jr. High School in Princeton, Illinois.

A teacher assists a student at Logan Jr. High School in Princeton, Illinois.

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

On Aug. 10, Hillsborough County Public Schools started the school year short 620 teachers -- a more than threefold increase from last year when there were just 181 open positions.

Officials in the western Florida school district spent $26 million to hike teacher pay, and used federal stimulus funds for $2,000 bonuses for special education teachers. But it wasn’t enough to fill the void in the classrooms.